Birmingham Taekwondo: If you've been looking at taking up a hobby to accomplish some specific goals such as to bolster your self-esteem, strengthen your body and mind, boost your confidence and learn self-defence, Taekwondo could be ideal for you. This Korean inspired martial art has continued to grow in popularity since its development during the 1940's.
Taekwondo is a perfect sport for children in Birmingham, because it advocates self-discipline and a respect for others. Its more physical elements make it more appropriate for younger people. Older adults might find it somewhat too taxing unless they are particularly active and fit. People in Birmingham who take up Taekwondo when they may be young find it simple to continue when they get older. The less agile of you might find that Tai Chi which is a bit less strenuous, is more suitable.
Taekwondo was only developed fairly recently in Korea (1945). Some innovative new schools called "kwans", combining various martial arts techniques were established in Seoul by a group of Korean martial arts enthusiasts. The focus of Taekwondo, as it eventually became known, is on kicking manoeuvres, especially rapid kicking styles, head kicks and jumping/spinning kicks. Today Birmingham Taekwondo classes follow this tradition.
Taekwondo is popular with the people of Birmingham and with over 60 million others globally. Now an Olympic sport, Taekwondo is accessible to anyone, and joining a local Birmingham Taekwondo class or club is the most effective way to get yourself involved. There is no reason why you cannot become a master of this exhilarating martial art, even if you don't aspire to Olympic competition.
People in Birmingham learn Taekwondo for numerous purposes but it is the self-defence aspect that interests most. And in these times of increasing violence, particularly in town and city centres, it is no surprise that this sits high on people's priority list. It's a key principle of Taekwondo that you can be confident in your ability to defend yourself and at the same time exercise self-restraint and respect others.
Hopefully, outside your local Taekwondo club environment, you'll never need to apply your newly acquired techniques to defend yourself.
Your First Lesson: If you have just booked your very first Taekwondo lesson, you'll be wondering what to expect. There could be variations to the following, depending on which Birmingham Taekwondo school you attend, but you can roughly expect; A 15 to 20 minute warm up to increase your heart rate and loosen your muscles, a bit of technical training including learning some kicks, hand attacks, blocks and stances, some work on forms or patterns, a few tips on sparring including good timing, precise movement and the accurate targeting of attacks, and to finish off a warm down to relax and stretch muscles.
The United Kingdom governing body of the sport is British Taekwondo and if you would like to sign up with a Taekwondo club in Birmingham, you will also be required to register with this respected organization.